Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, stepped down as senior royals in March before moving to LA with son, Archie Harrison. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they would finance themselves independently from the Royal Family and wanted more control over their private lives. Despite this, illegal drone pictures were taken of Archie and the couple have filed a lawsuit to protect his privacy.
Speaking to ITV’s Royal rota, correspondent Chris Ship said: “None of this happened when they were at Frogmore and there was a lot of criticism in the way the British press operated.
“Presumably here we are talking about American paparazzi and we know how they work.
“They try and get the photo and sell it on the open market.
“It seems to me they’ve got less protection in LA than they were afforded when they lived in Kensington Palace and Frogmore Cottage.
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“None of these things happened when they were in the UK.
“This is what a lot of people warned them might happen if they were to move to America in the paparazzi capital.”
Producer Lizzie Robinson added: “This would have been unheard of if they were still at Frogmore but they moved to America where the paparazzi are known for being fierce.
“I think while the paparazzi might be after them on the streets, it’s very different to have drones flown over your house.”
Their attorney said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are filing this lawsuit to protect their young son’s right to privacy in their home without intrusion by photographers, and to uncover and stop those who seek to profit from these illegal actions.”
Michael Kump, who is the royal couple’s attorney, wrote to LA Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan saying: “This is a race against the clock because there is a significant risk these illegally-taken photos could be published in the United States or the United Kingdom any day.”
Judge Karlan granted Kump’s application for an order to serve subpoenas on three LA photo agencies that could be handling the pictures.
These are the images that were allegedly taken by a drone flying above Hollywood producer Tyler Perry’s $18 million Beverly Hills mansion.
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It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s foundation is now officially in the process of solvent liquidation, records show.
Documents being dealt with by Companies House on Tuesday include a declaration of solvency and the appointment of a voluntary liquidator for the Sussex Royal charitable body.
Harry and Meghan are formally winding up their UK foundation as they press ahead with their global charitable body Archewell – a name inspired by their son Archie.
The final stage in Sussex Royal’s closure begins amid the fallout from the Finding Freedom biography, which has exposed the resentment and mistrust that led to Harry and Meghan quitting as working royals.